Merchant / Trade-oriented games

Group Description

This game group is dedicated to games where its primary (or secondary) gameplay focuses on trading/bartering goods, resources, or items for a profit. The player usually plays the role of an individual travelling trader, or merchant company, or a nation, with the process of trade is conducted manually (not computer automated). Depending on the game, profit may be obtained by the player through manually selecting and buying goods in one location and selling them at another location (shops, towns, planets, etc.).

Merchant / trade-oriented games usually have the following characteristics:
  • Obtaining profit through trade is usually explicitly expressed throughout the game or through official sources (e.g. game manual, etc.).
  • Trade must be conducted by the player manually. Thus, gameplay may consist of the player researching goods and price differences for a profitable route.
  • Computer-assisted scripts may be provided optionally to the player (e.g. caravan routes, etc.).
  • Trade goods/items usually have no practical use or additional benefits to the player (e.g. cannot be used or equipped).
  • Does not apply to games where although trade may exist as an integral part of the game, it is automatically set (though a computer animated script which may be manually created within the game), thus does not require the manual selling of goods or items (i.e. political/war-themed games such as Sid Meier's Civilization or 4x games does not apply). The term trading simulation is commonly used in this respect.
  • Does not apply to role-playing games (RPGs) or any genre, where items, including weapons and armor may be available for buying and selling, does not necessarily primary gameplay intent of buying/selling items for profit, as intended by this game group, unless the game optionally and explicitly expresses trade as an integral part of the gameplay.
  • Does not apply to games where the player may buy or sell parts/accessories for the player's car, rubber ducky, spaceship, or other forms of transportation.
  • To be limited from sport-themed managerial games, where the player can buy or sell players, etc.
  • Not to be confused with managerial games which although focuses on managing resources, trade is usually set automatically.
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Whale's Voyage II: Die Übermacht1995Amiga, DOSneo Software Produktions GmbH...
Whale's Voyage1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSPro One Software3.36
Vermeer: Die Kunst zu erben1997WindowsASCARON Entertainment GmbH...
Vermeer1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSariolasoft GmbH...
Vega Strike2002Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Vangers1998Linux, Macintosh, WindowsInteractive Magic, Inc.3.23
Une affaire en or1984Alice 32/90, Amstrad CPC, Exelvision, Oric, Thomson MO, Thomson TOFree Game Blot...
Uncharted Waters1990DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, WindowsKOEI Corporation3.90
Transcendence 2003Windows...
Tradewinds 22005Android, iPhone, J2ME, Palm OS, webOS, Windows, Windows MobileAstraware Limited...
Tradewinds2003Palm OS, Windows, Windows MobileWildTangent, Inc....
Trade Wars 20021990DOS, Windows...
Trader 21996Atari STCroft Soft Software...
Trade Empires2001WindowsEidos, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Tradewinds Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tradewinds
Whale's Voyage DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Whale's Voyage

Selected Screenshots

One of the spectacular opening ANSI title screens
Screenshot from Trade Wars 2002
Title screen
Screenshot from Une affaire en or
Main menu
Screenshot from Tradewinds
Title Screen
Screenshot from Whale's Voyage
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